「テストの時間」 (Tesuto no Jikan)
This week’s episode made me pretty mad. Not just because it’s unfair to teach material to the rest of the school, but more generally, how screwed up this philosophy is. Sure, the system is sickeningly simplistic and easy to hate on, but the fact of the matter is that this system of ‘maximize success, discard the losers’ and ‘tests first, skills later’ makes me angry.
Right from the moment that Gakuhou Asano (Ishikawa Hideo) broke apart that Rubik’s Cube, I knew that this would be a character I would hate immensely. The very act of breaking apart a Rubik’s cube just to align it in a presentable fashion defeats the very purpose of the cube in the first place, where the user gains no skill whatsoever. The same can be said about the school system at Kunugigaoka and many schools in the real world. Teaching to a test just to pass the test defeats the purpose of education entirely–learning to pass an exam is not conducive to learning any practical or helpful knowledge, it’s just passing for the sake of appearance. Perhaps I’m going on too much of a policy rant here, but the more that I watch Ansatsu Kyoushitsu, the more I understand the popularity behind this show. Learning for the sake of tests is a terrible mode of education, without any real-life basis or chance of experimentation. I’m going to have to stop here, because there are some seriously flaws with Asano’s model that I am happy to see class 3-E victor over. Hell, I’m going to hate it when someone tries to enter the higher ranks again but get rejected, but it’ll be a blessing in disguise, since who in their right minds would want to go back to the main campus at this point?
As a consequence of this though, it seems the class of 3-E and Koro-sensei have hardened their resolve for next time, to defeat any sort of curveball that may head their way. Since only indirect methods can be employed against 3-E, such as psychological tactics and methods of deprivation, class 3-E just has to work harder and play harder than anyone else on that campus, using the great ability to think critically to their advantage, rather than spitting out answers mindlessly. What class 3-E has that the main campus doesn’t is an honest desire to improve themselves, rather than for the sake of meeting standards. Competition is involved, oh yes, but these students are much more self-fulfilled and not fueled by fear than any other student back at the campus.
This week’s episode marked a real turning point in the series, because as I said last week: the enemy is not Koro-sensei, but rather the school itself. We can be very confident that Koro-sensei is not going to blow up earth and that Asano is a force to be defeated, for the sake of future education worldwide. In a nation where high school tests are notoriously hard and overvalued, Ansatsu Kyoushitsu provides the fighting light and reform that so many people would want to see happen.